Well, school’s out and that means the kids are home, all day, everyday. What a great opportunity to invest some quality time into their lives. When we really stop to think about it, unintentional as it may be, there are other people who have an opportunity to influence our kids way more than we do. When was the last time you spent six hours straight with your kids, let alone six hours times five days a week, time months and months? Part of our job description as parents is to be the chief influencer in the lives of our kids, training them up in the things of God. We are their leaders, and as John Maxwell says, “Leadership is influence.” Here is a concentrated block of time when we have the opportunity to spend more quality time with them than at any other time during the year. Part of influence is creating memories. Positive memories are powerful inroads to influence. Don’t miss this window, this chance, this divine opportunity to make some wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. A memory maker doesn’t have to cost a mint, we used to just pack up our dinner and take it to the park to eat together. Then, we’d feed the ducks and hike around the lake. Sometimes Kip would take the kids fishing, or we’d swing on the swings in the play area. It sounds mundane, a nonevent really, but our kids still reflect fondly on those times nearly thirty years later. Make it a priority to make some memories with your kids this summer.
Here in St Louis we’ve got so many great things to do: the Zoo, the Science Center, Butterfly House, Magic House, Cardinals, Muni and much more. What are some of your ideas of things to do with your kids this summer?